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The Bear's Den: April 4, 2016

Congratulations, you have made the wisest choice possible on a Monday, the decision to join us here in the Den! We've got some news from the weekend, and of course our daily poll, so let's get this dance started!

Ego Ferguson gets a share of the tackle...
Ego Ferguson gets a share of the tackle...
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BEAR DOWN!!!!

DRAFT / FREE AGENCY

Hyman & Western: Analyzing projections for the Bears' picks and targets - Acme Packing Company - Acme Packing Company looks at Green Bay's rivals to the south and who they might be interested in drafting at the end of the month. The article is well thought out and written (although one might mention that Tracy Porter is back to pair up with Fuller, and they are planning on inducing another after-game Rodgers helmet-throw), and the comments? Classic pure cheddar cheesehead.

Perez: Chicago Bears 2016 NFL Draft Countdown, 26 days – Running Back - Bears Wire - The running back position has seen a decrease it its value from an NFL Draft perspective over the last few years, with the trending narrative suggesting that teams can find productive starters in the second and third rounds.

Ottochian: Two positions the Bears are going to target in the 2016 NFL Draft - Bears Wire -This offseason, the Bears have left fingerprints on where they intend to go in the draft, trying and failing to add talent at RB and TE.

Mullen: Bears to meet with Ole Miss DL Robert Nkemdiche, SIU QB Mark Iannotti - CSN Chicago - According to multiple reports, the Bears have scheduled pre-draft visits with Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche and Southern Illinois quarterback Mark Iannotti.

Perez: (video) Bears will look to 2016 NFL Draft to replace Bennett, Forte - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears will have some appealing options in the 2016 NFL Draft to replace Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett

Ottochain: Who Bears fans DON’T want Ryan Pace to draft in the first round - Bears Wire - We took to Twitter to find out which players Bears fans don't want their team to take in the first round. A lot of people don't want a QB.

Wiederer: In hunt for hidden QB gems, Kevin Hogan fits profile of NFL draft find - Chicago Tribune - With Bears in need of developing a starting quarterback, Stanford's Kevin Hogan fits profile for team willing to take flier after first round of NFL draft.

Cimini: Possible landing spots for New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson - ESPN - Muhammad Wilkerson's future in New York would seem to be cloudy at best, but the Jets could have trouble finding a trade partner.

BEARRRSSSS

Muhammad Wilkerson Trade Rumors: Bears Have Checked in More Than Once on Star Lineman - Gang Green Nation - Aaron Leming of Scout.com's Bear Report names the Bears as a potential trade partner with the Jets for defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson. #Bears have checked in w/ the #Jets more than once on...

Weaver: Jay Cutler now Seven years with the Bears - Cover32Jay Cutler was traded to the Chicago Bears by the Denver Broncos exactly seven years ago today (April 2, when the article was posted). Here's a look at what he's done since.

Cimini: Possible landing spots for New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson - ESPN - Muhammad Wilkerson's future in New York would seem to be cloudy at best, but the Jets could have trouble finding a trade partner.

Perez: Jerrell Freeman responds to Mike Singletary’s tweet about the No. 50 - Bears WireJerrell Freeman had a reason for choosing the No. 50, and he let Mike Singletary know on Twitter.

Mullen: Bears roster moves send myriad signals along OL - CSN Chicago - The Bears latest offseason moves, headlined by bringing in Manny Ramirez from the Detroit Lions and Ted Larsen from the Arizona Cardinals, both guard/center options, were not without a broader plan.

Ottochian: Bears’ most overlooked free agent move: Re-signing Alshon Jeffery - Bears Wire - The Bears have been one of the busiest teams in the 2016 free agency period, but their best move was the re-signing of one of their own.

Perez: (video) Alshon Jeffery was Bears’ biggest off-season move - Bears Wire - The decision to franchise Alshon Jeffery was the most important of all moves made in the 2016 off-season.

Mitchell: found the best Chicago Bears blog out there so I thought I would link it! - A public service to those of you out there who are searching for the BEST Chicago Bears blog... this one's a step up from the rest...

Cox: (video) New Bear Omar Bolden’s special teams dominance - Bears Wire - The Bears signed Omar Bolden to a one-year deal on Thursday, and he is a special teams ace. Watch him make some big returns and big hits.

Ottochian: Ryan Pace is executing a clear team-building plan - Bears Wire - The quest for a championship always starts in March. The Bears GM has been signing players that fit their goal to build a contender.

Perez: Notre Dame leads list of most Bears’ draftees since 1936 - Bears Wire - Notre Dame has the most Chicago Bears' draft picks since 1936 and could continue the trend in the 2016 NFL Draft.

BEARRRSSSS FOR LIFE

Chicago Bears - Highlights from the 2000s - Bears win NFC Central title in the final year of the division's existence. The Bears, Packers, Lions and Vikings will move into the NFC North with the addition of the League's 32nd team, the Houston Texans. The Bears finished the 2001 season with a 13-3 mark and reached the playoffs for the first time since 1994.

Perez: Former NFL running back thinks Matt Forte will thrive with Jets - Bears Wire - NFL Networks Maurice Jones-Drew named Matt Forte as a running back who will thrive with his new team in 2016.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Thompson: Sam Acho's brother tries to sing way onto Bears - Chicago Tribune - Linebacker Emmanuel Acho, currently jobless after getting cut by the Eagles in November, professes his desire to join his brother Sam on the Bears in a ballad he tweeted Thursday.

Krinch: WWE superstar Roman Reigns: 'I wanted to be a Chicago Bear' - CSN Chicago - In a promotional interview for snickers, WWE superstar Roman Reigns told CSNChicago.com that he wanted to be a member of the Bears before beginning his wrestling career.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Lions notes: Jason Hanson talks about his retirement - Pride Of DetroitJason Hanson finally gave some insight into his thought process that led to retirement.

Gates: Chad Greenway Declares 2016 His Final Season - Daily NorsemanChad Greenway is going to be getting one more go-around with the Minnesota Vikings, and he said on Friday that's all it's going to be.

Noonan: James Jones is a poor fit for the 2016 Packers - Acme Packing Company - APC says :We like the guy in the hoodie. We really do. But there are plenty of valid reasons why he has not been (and probably will not be) re-signed by Green Bay this offseason."

DRAFT PROFILES OF INTEREST TO BEARS FANS

NFL Draft Profile: Pittsburgh WR Tyler Boyd - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Texas DL Hassan Ridgeway - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: North Carolina OL Landon Turner - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Ohio State S Vonn Bell - CSN Chicago

NFL Draft Profile: Penn State DL Anthony Zettel - CSN Chicago